Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Garcia went long moments without throwing a punch, seemingly content to wait for Thurman to attack then try to counter, but Thurman always seem to land one or two good punches in the closing seconds of each round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Bellew stuns heavyweight Haye with 11th-round stoppage Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 04: Keith Thurman celebrates his split decision win against Danny Garcia after their WBA/WBC Welterweight unification Championship bout at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on March 4, 2017 in New York City. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPWBA champ Keith Thurman defeated Danny Garcia by a split decision Saturday night to claim the WBC welterweight belt in a unification clash between a pair of unbeaten champions.Thurman successfully defended his title for the third time, winning a tactical defensive struggle by scores of 116-112, and 115-113 on two of the judges’ scorecards. The other judge had it 115-113 for Garcia.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Saturday’s matchup between the 28-year-old Americans was only the third time in history that two undefeated fighters fought to unify welterweight world titles and the first since Oscar de la Hoya faced Felix Trinidad in 1999.Thurman is the first fighter in the division to hold multiple titles since Floyd Mayweather held the WBA, WBC and WBO belts after defeating Manny Pacquiao in 2015.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThere were no knockdowns as the 12-round fight at the Barclays Center turned into a strategic battle.Thurman was the aggressor, scoring early then staying out of trouble in the final rounds for the victory.
2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident LATEST STORIES MOST READ Chism eager to work with Guiao once more China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties But whether UE will have enough depth to deal with a streaking UST side remains to be seen.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town That new-found dynamic will be put to the test Saturday when UST battles University of the East at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The drama is expected to get its share of the spotlight from Ateneo, which hopes to bolster its league-leading record against skidding University of the Philippines in the main match.Ateneo closed out its first round on a high, using exciting rallies in each of the first two sets to thwart defending champion and fierce rival La Salle.The Lady Eagles are suddenly heavy favorites over the Lady Maroons, who lost their footing after a 4-0 start.The Lady Warriors, who finally nailed a victory after beating Adamson in the first round, will rely on do-it-all spiker Shaya Adorador when it faces the Tigresses, hoping for a victory that pulls them farther out of the bottom.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos No one among Pam Lastimosa, Cherry Rondina, EJ Laure and Ria Meneses wanted to take the lead, Reyes discovered.“Contrary to the idea that everybody is fighting for leadership, in our case, nobody wanted to be the leader,” Reyes told the Inquirer. “Nobody wanted to step up.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnLately, Reyes said, the Tigresses realized “that they need to rally behind every one of them.” But he still needs someone to step up from his leader-by-committee group.He pointed out the emergence of second-stringer setter Alina Bicar as the linchpin for the Tigresses’ three-game winning streak, saying “she is really stepping up for [starting setter] Alexine Cabanos and for the rest of the team.” UST Golden Tigresses. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNow it can be told: University of Santo Tomas had been encountering leadership crisis during its rough start in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament this season.UST coach Kungfu Reyes bared this much last Friday, saying his wards had a different understanding when it comes to leading the team: Instead of one player from its talented bunch stepping up to the plate, everyone was waiting for that leader to rise on her own.ADVERTISEMENT
Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Tristan Thompson, right, battles for a rebound against Chicago Bulls guard Denzel Valentine, left, and guard Rajon Rondo during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Chicago. The Bulls won 99-93. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers just might be at their lowest point since the King came home three years ago. Either way, they’ll have to do better than this if they’re going to be crowned again.Nikola Mirotic tied season highs with 28 points and six 3-pointers, Jimmy Butler scored 25, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Cavaliers 99-93 Thursday on a night when James moved into seventh place on the NBA’s career scoring list.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home James entered needing 23 points to tie O’Neal and matched him when he scored on a layup with 7:29 left in the game. He took sole possession of seventh place when he hit one of three free throws to make it 90-83 with 4:28 remaining.But it was not an easy night for the Cavaliers.Kevin Love fouled out with eight points and 10 rebounds when he got whistled on a basket by Butler moments after James tied O’Neal.Rondo was able to get into the paint, particularly in the third quarter. That didn’t hurt Butler or Mirotic, who was connecting all game.“I definitely want to get back into the playoffs, and these young guys haven’t experienced it,” Rondo said. “I’m trying to push every day to find a way to get in. We can’t worry about other teams winning and losing. We need to go out every night and win these next seven to put ourselves in a position to get in.”Mirotic became the first Bulls player to hit six or more 3-pointers in back-to-back games. He is averaging 24.8 points over his past four games and has 20 3s in that span.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rubio scores career-high as Wolves beat Lakers ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot MOST READ Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments James passed Shaquille O’Neal, finishing with 26 points. That gave him 28,599 for his career – three more than O’Neal. But the big night by the four-time MVP couldn’t prevent the Cavaliers from matching a season high with their third straight loss.That dropped the defending champions a half-game behind Boston for the Eastern Conference lead and left them with a 6-10 record in March.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Just in a bad spot right now,” said James, who had 10 rebounds and eight assists. “I’m not disappointed with the effort. Just in a bad spot. We need to figure it out.”For Mirotic, it was his second straight game with 28 points and six 3s. He also had 10 rebounds, finishing a strong March. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards “I feel it’s my time now. It’s never too late,” he said. “It’s a very important moment for the team.”Rajon Rondo added 15 assists, Robin Lopez had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and the ninth-place Bulls moved within a game of Miami and Indiana in the Eastern Conference standings.They also finished 4-0 against Cleveland to complete their first sweep of the Cavaliers since they took all three games during the 2011-12 season.Kyrie Irving scored 20 for the Cavaliers, while Tristan Thompson added 15 points and nine rebounds. But the Bulls dominated Cleveland 37-21 in the third quarter to wipe out a nine-point halftime lead and hung on down the stretch.“We won’t be perfect in one day,” Irving said. “But it’s no time to hold your head, I’ll tell you that. … We’re gonna be just fine. It’s ugly right now. It’s real, real ugly.”ADVERTISEMENT Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties
It will take a brave man to bet against Omar McLeod in the men’s 110 metres hurdles when he lines up in the Diamond League event Eugene, Oregon, on Saturday. The 2016 winner should once again show his rivals who is the boss in the event. The World leader so far with a 13.04 seconds clocking at the Drake Relays in April, McLeod followed that up with a good win in Shanghai, where he outlasted Spain’s Orlando Ortega. The opposition in Eugene looks a bit weaker and he should score a convincing win. Following his second-place finish to McLeod at the Drake Relays, Great Britain’s Andrew Pozzi, who clocked 13.24, will be hoping to upstage the Olympic champion, but he will have his hands full trying to get the better of the world leader. American Devon Allen, who was second at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) Meet last weekend, placed second to McLeod a year ago and is expected to produce a genuine effort before his home fans. Jamaica’s Ronald Levy will make his Diamond League debut. Despite a disappointing result at the JII Meet, he could show that his win over countryman Hansle Parchment several weeks ago at the UTech Classic was no fluke. A big effort is expected from him here as he seeks to improve on his season’s best of 13.33. Defending World champion, Russia’s Sergey Shubenkov, did not look his usual self in Shanghai. It appears his one year absence from the track because of a ban on Russian athletes at last year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro has left him with poor form. He will be hoping for a better performance this time around and it will be interesting to see how he performs here. Americans Aries Merritt and David Oliver have also not hit top form as yet and will have to step up considerably if they hope to finish near to the top. It, therefore, should be smooth sailing for McLeod. If conditions are right, a sub-13 seconds clocking is possible. NOT USUAL SELF
Day one leader Jared Wolfe pounced on the field once again to secure the day three lead at the BMW Jamaica Classic at Cinnamon Hill in Montego Bay yesterday.The American carded another impressive eight under par 64 to be the overall leader at 16 under.Wolfe was particularly devastating with his putter, carving out nine birdies, including consecutive birdies on holes 16, 17 and 18.It wasn’t a perfect round this time for the Murray State University grad, as he bogeyed hole number 11.”I had to calm the nerves and refocus for this round today, and I must say, that really helped me to play well. I had a few breaks after sinking some crucial par putts, so all is well so far and I am looking to finish well.”Trailing Wolfe by six shots are American Carlos Sainz Jr and Mexican Jose de Jesus Rodriquez, who are both 10 under par. Sainz Jr shot a four under par 68 in his second round while Rodriquez had a seven under par 65.COURSE RECORDThe round of the day, however, belonged to American Jarred Garcia, who shot a course record nine under par 63. His remarkable round included five birdies and two eagles.The American is tied for eighth with a score of 136 heading into the third round.”I had a chip in eagle on hole 9 and everything just started to go well for me. I told my caddie that I wanted to clean up the mistakes today, and I did just that, so I am pleased at this point.”It was a different story for the Jamaicans as none made the cut, which was set at two under. Orville Christie had the best round of the day for the locals, carding a one under par 71 to add to his opening-round 76.Fabian Campbell had a disastrous day following up his opening round 73 with a nine over par 81.Sean Morris carded 80, Sebert Walker Jr, 83, Jonathan Newnham, 84, and Zandre Roye, 85. The third round, which began late yesterday evening, will be completed this morning.
The festive season is here! It’s the time of the year many people look forward to for many reasons: extra money, gifts, vacation, parties, shopping, family gatherings etc; however, it is, unfortunately, the most wasteful time of the year. This the time when persons get rid of items they no longer want in pursuit of new stuff. As you would imagine, the festive season has huge environmental impacts, not only in terms of solid waste but water and energy wastage as well. With all the cleaning, washing and lighting up, many persons are bound to incur high water and electricity bills. However, it doesn’t have to be that wasteful. Prudent planning and wise use of resources can go a far way in not only saving you some much-needed cash for the new year but also reducing the negative environmental impacts.Smart tips for a clean and healthy holiday seasonSome ways we can make small changes but have a big impact:Have a budget Carefully assess your needs and make a budget. Weigh your needs versus your wants and prioritise based on the amount of money you have to spend. Remember, you don’t need to buy everything in this one month. Make your shopping list and stick to it; avoid impulse shopping at all cost.Get creative! This is a good time to get creative and make some of your own Christmas décor and gifts. The EPA would have provided tips on upcycling techniques in the past but there is also YouTube where you can learn to make attractive decorations. CD’s, cardboards, mason jars, glass and plastic bottles and many other items around the home can be creatively transformed.Look for energy-efficient lights and if you can, use automatic timers to turn on and offThis will help you to conserve energy and most of all, save you some needed cash for after the holidays. Also, remember only to plug in your lights when you are home, never leave them unattended. It also reduces the risk of fires.Choose reusable over disposal Planning parties, family gatherings or holiday dinners? Choose elegant reusable items; there is nothing classier than great tableware. You will not only reduce waste but have durable items to last all year through.Choose live plants over artificial ones Live plants look exquisite and they not only beautify your yard and space but also help to purify the air. Once you invest in plants and take care of them, you don’t have to purchase more next year.Keep it simple One thoughtful gift is better than six wrapped packages of unwanted gifts. Plan ahead.Give the gift of experience Music lessons, gift voucher, lessons for a new hobby, a massage, a trip to a resort or one of Guyana’s Protected Areas. This is perfect for friends who want to try something new and the best part is you don’t have to wrap the gift.Give a monetary donation to a local charity and environmental club in your community so they can execute projects that would enhance the community.Make gift-giving a bit fun this year, don’t wrap gifts Hide them and give the recipient clues. Make the search a treasure hunt.Donate Give used items in good condition such as books, clothing and equipment to persons in need or charitable organisations instead of throwing them out. This will go a far way in reducing waste.Dispose of your waste properly! After you would have cleaned or acquired new items for your home, office or store, ensure you don’t throw huge piles of garbage, boxes etc on the parapet or in front of your office or business. Please dispose of your waste properly.
Development strategiesAs we enter the final week of the commemoration of our Jubilee Independence observation, many citizens have striven to answer the question of what has “independence” actually delivered to the people of Guyana. It is a rather bleak question since it presupposes that not much has actually been achieved.At the time of independence in 1966, the goals and expectations were quite clear: to catch up with the developed countries, represented then as Britain and the US in living standards. These countries had been the first to industrialise, followed by European countries such as Germany. They did so under what was to be described by the “capitalist” mode of production in which the motive to increase profits to private owners of “capital” was the dominant driving force.After the Russian Revolution of 1917, the resulting USSR provided a new, “socialist” strategy of development in which the State rather than private individuals owned and organised production that was supposed to be shared equitably among the populace. Both the capitalist and socialist paths of development assumed that increased economic production was the paramount criterion and was a component of an underlying “drive towards modernisation”.In 1960 Harvard based WW Rostow, in the heat of the Cold War between the US and the USSR for world dominance, used the analogy of an aircraft (a “modern” artifact) going into flight to describe the “stages of economic growth” that all countries would have to undergo to move from their “traditional backwardness” to “modern prosperity”. This was situated in the “capitalist” system, now positively renamed as the “free enterprise system” and intended to counter the Soviet model.There were five stages: the “traditional society” with subsistence farming and limited savings; the “preconditions for take off” when agriculture is mechanised, savings increased; the “take off” in which political and social institutions intensify the economic development spurred by industrialisation; the “drive to maturity” when economic development spreads and integration into international markets develops and finally the “drive to maturity” where mass consumption for the masses is widespread.In 1962, under “internal self government” the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) invited the English socialist economist Nicolas Kaldor to prepare his budget that was supposed to balance increased agricultural output with industrialisation. He proposed a tax to prevent the multinationals from siphoning off their profits which left the country in a permanent deficit. It was never implemented since it became the trigger for CIA sponsored riots to remove the PPP from office.West Indies Nobel Prize winner in Economics, Sir Arthur Lewis, had proposed an “industrialisation by invitation” model, for “lift off” in which foreign corporations are invited to bring in technology and capital through the inducements of tax holidays and concessions. Jagan had rejected this model explicitly but Lewis was brought in by Burnham, and made architect of the “1966-1972 Development Plan” as a gesture to the US which had ensconced him into office.There was also the notion of “aid” by the developed countries and the World Bank to fill the “investment gap” between the domestic savings and capital needed to deliver a sufficient growth rate for take off. While the People’s National Congress (PNC) used the US aid to develop highways and other infrastructure, not enough foreign companies responding to the “invitation” to make a difference. In 1974, in its “Declaration of Sophia” the PNC announced Guyana was “in transition from capitalism to socialism” and would complete the task under the “cooperative socialist model”, which was borrowed from the Ujaama Socialist model of Tanzania. The PNC nationalised “the commanding heights of the economy” and ended up with 80 per cent of the economy under its control. By the end of the decade however, Guyana could not service its debt and under IMF sanctions, the economy imploded.After 1989 with the acceptance of the IMF “conditionalities” to re-negotiate our US$2.1 billion debt, we were inducted into the latest version of “industrialisation by invitation”. (To be continued)
Dear Editor,Each time the Mayor of Georgetown opens her mouth, she ends up putting her foot inside of it. Her most recent interview, before winging out to Chile, was to announce that the Deputy Mayor is not entitled to transportation and other benefits by law.That may be so, but then again there are a lot of persons at City Hall that are enjoying a lot of benefits to which they are not entitled to by law, but that does not prevent them from doing so, including her good self.If we take a look at the Town Clerk he can always be seen accompanied by a retinue of bodyguards, to which he is not entitled by law. He may want to point to his predecessor having a bodyguard, but that was not at the Council expense, as in his case.By convention, Town Clerks enjoyed a static security at their residences which he also does. He is not entitled by law to have several cars being provided for his convenience, including one that is being rented for an astronomical sum per month, along with several drivers. Neither is he entitled by law to dine at fancy restaurants with friends and bill the Council, instead he should be using the entertainment allowance to which he is paid each month.The City Engineer has been provided with a large four-wheel drive vehicle manufactured by Nissan for his exclusive use, to which he is not entitled by law. The Town Clerk and senior officers are not entitled by law to be provided with state-of-the-art cellular telephones with voice and data services being paid for by the Council, including roaming charges and overseas calls.The Mayor, Town Clerk and City Engineer are not entitled by law to use the vehicles that are assigned to them for transport all around Guyana, but rather should just be using them in and around Georgetown to carry out their duties.In fact it was most unfortunate and improper that one of Council’s drivers died recently on West Coast Demerara whilst transporting home the children of a senior officer, way outside of the confines of Georgetown.But surely the government could make a vehicle available to the Deputy Mayor just as they made one available to the Town Clerk, or is it that the Deputy Mayor wants to be the only city official pursuing the dream of making Georgetown a green city, whilst the others are chugging around in their gas guzzling SUVs and luxury cars that are helping to pollute the environment?Do the Laws and Entitlements apply to all, or only to some?Sincerely,Shanta Singh
Dear Editor,The 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, once said, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt.”Another section of the media, on September 1, quotes Attorney General (AG) and Legal Affairs Minister, the Hon Basil Williams as saying, “Nandlall will be placed before the Privileges Committee” for “lying” in the National Assembly. It is unclear whether the learned AG is oblivious to the mounting pressure to send one of his own colleagues to the Committee of Privileges for a much more serious offence, or he is under the illusion that he can use this utterance as a threat to deter and dissuade the PPP/C from pursuing their demands that Public Health Minister, the Hon Dr George Norton, be sanctioned by the National Assembly over the Bond gate fiasco.Editor, I’m not implying here that Minister Basil Williams is a fool, far from it. But he does make a fool of himself sometimes when it is clear that, as Attorney General, he appears to not always understand certain sections of the law, and is often the recipient of a classroom lecture by the former AG, Anil Nandlall during debates in Parliament and in the media.So whether he’s aware of it or not, the AG now makes it difficult for himself, the Speaker of the National Assembly and his Parliamentary colleagues to not support a PPP/C resolution to place Dr Norton before the Committee of Privileges when Parliament resumes. To do otherwise would be seen by all Guyanese at home and in the diaspora as hypocritical at best.According to Williams, the PPP/C Member of Parliament, Anil Nandlall “lied” in the National Assembly when he informed the House that “Former President, Donald Ramotar had met with the wife of Walter Rodney in the United States, and that she had requested the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into her husband’s death be held without the involvement of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) and the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR).”The PPP/C’s Motion to adopt the recommendations of the Rodney Commission of Inquiry was debated in the National Assembly on August 4, where Nandlall is alleged to have made the statement quoted above. The AG had an opportunity and the votes during the following sitting of the House on August 8, to send Nandlall to the Committee of Privileges if indeed he was convinced and had evidence to prove that Nandlall “lied”. He chose not to do so. And so, his desire to sanction Nandlall at a time when Dr Norton is called upon to account for misleading the National Assembly, must be seen as a childish ‘tit for tat’ reaction in support of his APNU colleague, and indeed a smoke screen designed to shift the daily outrage aimed at the APNU/AFC Administration vis-a-vis the pharmaceutical storage bond fiasco and other scandalous revelations.Considering the AG is so anxious of sending a PPP Parliamentarian to be sanctioned by the Parliamentary Committee of Privileges, was he not lying to the nation when he insisted in an article on August 22, that on April 8, 2016, “Government had not yet finalised a settlement with BK”, knowing fully well that according to Finance Minister, Winston Jordan, the US$5.7M settlement was hammered out since the year before?And shouldn’t Williams himself go before the Committee for deliberately lying to Parliament by insisting that the US$5.7 million given to Brian Tiwarie in relation to the Haags Bosch dumpsite was to settle a US$10 million lawsuit which Williams knew was never part of any court action?Shouldn’t the Finance Minister, the Winston Jordon be sent to the Committee of Privileges for denying rice farmers the $23B he claimed had been set aside in his 2015 National Budget presentation to pay rice farmers following disclosures that the PetroCaribe Fund was empty? Wasn’t this lying to the National Assembly?And shouldn’t Minister Raphael Trotman and Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo also face the Committee for misleading the House when they accused the former administration of mismanaging the nation’s forest reserves?And who should face the Committee of Privileges for misleading the nation on the Durban Park 50th Anniversary project when we were first told that it would not cost taxpayers a single cent, then subsequently the public was told it would cost $150 million, and when the supplementary budget was recently tabled in Parliament, we now know that it cost the Guyanese taxpayers $400 million to construct the Durban Park project.Editor, after reading the merits of his contention I am left to wonder whether the Attorney General was present in New York during the discussion that former President Donald Ramotar had with the Rodney Family.How could he have known what was what Ms Rodney said to President Ramotar, regardless of whether she may have given evidence to the CoI to the contrary.Is he prepared to bring Ms Rodney to Guyana to testify before the Parliamentary Committee? Basil Williams is our Attorney General, but Basil Williams is no Anil Nandlall. I fear if he pursues this vindictive course of action, he will only present yet another opportunity for Nandlall to embarrass him as he does almost weekly in the media.Sincerely,Harry Gill, MP
Patricia Sanasie executionafter the conclusion of the Preliminary Inquiry into the death of Patricia Sanasie, who was shot dead January last, Richard Stanton, the murder accused, was committed to stand trial in the High Court.He appeared at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Zamilla Ally.Stanton was informed by Magistrate Ally that a prima facie case was made out against him to establish the offence of murder and, as such, he was to face a judge and jury at the next sitting of the Demerara Assizes inAccused: Richard StantonJuly.Stanton is facing charges, which state that on January 12, 2015 at 129 Atlantic Gardens, East Coast Demerara, he murdered Sanasie, a 43-year-old businesswoman.It is alleged that on the night in question, the woman, along with her daughter, returned home from church and she got out of her vehicle to open her gate when she was confronted by a lone gunman, who opened fire on her.Eyewitnesses told investigators that a “big built” man exited a silver Raum and discharged four rounds at the woman.According to reports, she was shot to her chest, abdomen, neck and groin. She was pronounced dead on arrivalMurdered: Patricia Sanasieat the Georgetown Public Hospital.Sanasie was the former Director of Studies of the Academy of Professional Studies.A similar attempt was made on her husband’s (Deonarine Sanasie’s) life just one year prior to her death, and she, along with her brother, Vishnu Persaud, was implicated.The daughter of the now deceased woman who was in the car and witnessed the shooting positively identified Stanton as the shooter; as such, he was arrested and charged.